ARTISAN PROGRAM Traditionally, the making of handicrafts was integral to the Tibetan lifestyle. This includes Thangka painting, jewelry, carved & painted wooden boxes and screens, furniture, and woven carpets and textiles. Master craftsman and artists will live in residence at Tibetan Home of Hope, working and teaching in studios of the various disciplines.
Tibetan Home of Hope is located in the Amdo Region among fields of wheat, barley, flax, mustard, and grazing livestock. Children participate in caring for our cows, pigs, chickens and bees. Our sheep and goats that graze in nearby pastures offer a rich supply of wools for retail sales and for the Artisan Program. Three organic greenhouses supply the staff and children with vegetables well into the Fall, while our orchard of fruit trees offers an abundance of apricots, apples, plums, and pears.
Both the Artisan and Farming Programs will contribute toward our goal of financial independence from outside funding. Please go to NEWS to learn more, and to see photographs of our student beekeepers, go to PHOTOS.Â
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The twenty-first century is a time when sustainability is essential. Toward that end, Tibetan Home of Hope will be installing a solar hot water space heating system to replace the highly polluting coal burning stoves currently used.
A beautiful seven-acre property was purchased in the nearby village of JianZha. A multi-phased building plan for this land includes a bakery-cafe, library, community center, and clinic. Each phase contributes to Tibetan Home of Hope as well as the surrounding community.
With the property located directly across from the busy local high school (that many of our children attend), plans include a coal burning pizza oven, bakery & cafÃ©. Most ingredients will be organically grown in the greenhouses at Tibetan Home of Hope. The Cafe-Bakery will also include a shop for goods from the THoH Artisan Program and from local artist-craftsmen.
At this time there is no local library in the village of JianZha. Since the property is centrally located, the establishment of a library here would greatly benefit the community at large.
LOCAL COMMUNITY CENTER
A Community Center will offer local JianZha residents and the THoH community a center to hold performances, celebrations and concerts. Open to local and nearby schools, this community center will offer a nonsectarian space to share cultural events.
The nearest hospital to the village is in Xining, a two-hour drive from JianZha. Many people living outside cities do not have the resources to receive proper medical care. A local clinic, serving the THoH community, the village of JianZha, and outlying areas, will greatly enhance the lives and wellbeing of a broad population.